Tremella steidleri

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Tremella steidleri

On a fallen oak with the Stereum hirsutum host. 31 October 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Brain like, brown, to about 8 cm across

Flesh

Brown, gelatinous when fresh, hard when dry

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Very rarely recorded

Habitat

Parasitic on Stereum hirsutum, on rotten wood from broadleaf trees, especially oak.

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (7-7.5) x (5.5-6) µm2. Basidia subspherical, 2-4 spored, with long sterigmata

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

Although rarely recorded, I started scouring oak trees after a collection was reported in West Sussex. Over the course of one week I made three separate collections, suggesting that the species is not as rare as the records suggest.

Additional Photographs

Tremella steidleri

On a fallen oak. 4 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tremella steidleri

On a fallen oak. 1 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tremella steidleri

On a fallen oak. 3 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tremella steidleri

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 1 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Tremella steidleri

Basidium in Congo red viewed with a x40 objective. 1 October 2016 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin